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Summary

Secrets worth dying - and killing - for, in a novel of suspense inspired by a horrific true crime by Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author Loreth Anne White.

When the battered body of a female jogger is found beneath the cliffs of an idyllic coastal community, these perfect neighbors suddenly don’t seem so perfect...

Lily Bradley is a respected psychotherapist married to a distinguished professor. They live in a dream house with their two children in close-knit Story Cove. Lily lives a well-ordered life. Or so it seems. As a therapist, she knows everyone keeps things hidden. Even her.

Then sensual and free-spirited Arwen Harper rolls into town in her hand-painted VW van, her sixteen-year-old son riding shotgun. Overnight, Story Cove’s secrets are no longer safe. Because Arwen might know her new neighbors better than they know themselves.

Now someone is dead, and it looks like murder. Brutal and personal. The death invites the shrewd eye of Detective Rue Duval. Rue’s job is to expose secrets. But she’s also an expert at keeping them.

As the lives of three women become inexorably entwined, one thing is clear: when it comes to survival, ordinary people can do the most terrible things.

©2022 Cheakamus House Publishing. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Brittany Pressley narrates this mystery about an idyllic coastal community in Canada where everyone is not as they seem.… Pressley's narration keeps the suspense high, the conversations believable, and the fear palpable. Her perfect pacing will keep listeners hooked on this audiobook from beginning to end.”AudioFile Magazine

“[An] exceptional psychological thriller…White does a superb job keeping the reader guessing as she peels back the layers of a seemingly perfect family to reveal the shocking truth. Suspense fans will want to see more from this talented author.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Patient’s Secret is an intensely moving reading experience…Loreth Anne White is a writer at the top of her game, and it’s never been more evident than with this piece of work.”Mystery & Suspense 

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Complex and satisfying

This is based on a real-life event in Canada 15 years ago, but I strongly advise the reader to hold off googling until you've finished the book. This novel takes the real-life event and imagines a future 25-30 or so years on.

The opening chapter outlines an event which will blow open the secrets of an apparently secure and settled community in an up-scale neighbourhood. The narrative jumps back and forth, subtly suggesting the tiny cracks beginning to infiltrate the calm. The characters are well drawn and believable and the pace brilliantly judged.

I don't often write reviews but I thought this was exceptionally well done. I really couldn't put it down (and the dog enjoyed some longer walks as a direct consequence!)

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Extraordinary

What a riveting portrayal of a true crime. Stunning. I love the discovery of all that went into an investigation, and in this case? Wondering which bits were fiction and which weren’t. Loved it.

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All Good

I enjoyed everythig aboout this novel. The story, the writing and the narration. In my opinion Loreth Anne White is an author to look out for. Highy recommended

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  • Reggie
  • 12-03-22

I’m left speechless!!

It all started decades ago, but we get the backstory in bits and bites. The story is told through several POVs and over a short period of time before the death of a woman. Brilliantly written and captivating!! Excellent narration. Looking forward to more from this author!

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  • kimberly U
  • 17-03-22

Great ….but buy a thesoris

I Loved the book & narration, I highly recommend it.
There was a small annoyance to me…..the author needs to buy a Thesoris! She used reckon and fetch throughout the story, there were numerous other option available …..I reckon if she’d fetch a thesoris🥸

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  • 22-03-22

Pretty weird

Sadly it was hard to keep remembering who was who.I listened to the end . Not the type mystery that grabs me.

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  • Mary Ann
  • 10-06-22

Disappointing

For starters, way too long! The narrator’s use of gravely voices and vocalized pauses was quite annoying. The story was meant to be shocking, but really was not all that interesting. I will not listen to this author or narrator again!

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  • Christi
  • 14-04-22

Totally unfathomable

Too many people, diabolical connections, awful narration. Then we keep bouncing around in time. Then. Now.

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  • KEK
  • 02-04-22

A bit far fetched

I understand this book was based on a true story. How much of a true story, we do not know. That said, it seemed a bit over the top, too many characters with motive to make it realistic. The novel was well written technically, edited properly, and was paced well. I'd give it 4 stars 🌟 because of effort. I expected more.

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  • 18-03-22

excellent book

it was awesome edge of your seat the whole time never guessing the ending!

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  • NB
  • 24-06-22

Disappointing

This book had great potential unfortunately too many characters and blatant red herrings made it a disappointing listen for me.

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  • Sue T
  • 15-03-22

Must Read

i really enjoyed this book. The narrator was very good, as was the storyline. I also enjoyed all the characters.

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  • J. Conway
  • 23-06-22

Kept my attention!!

Very suspenseful with many twists & turns. Was a great road trip accompaniment - definitely recommend this audible story

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